Songbird (Eva Cassidy album)

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Songbird
Eva Cassidy - Songbird.jpg
Compilation album by Eva Cassidy
Released May 19, 1998
Length 42:51
Label Blix Street
Producer Eva Cassidy,
Chris Biondo
Eva Cassidy chronology
Eva by Heart
(1997)Eva by Heart1997
Songbird
(1998)
Time After Time
(2000)Time After Time2000
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[1]
Rolling Stone 3.5/5 stars[2]

Songbird is a compilation album of songs by the American singer Eva Cassidy, released in 1998, two years after her death in 1996.

Five tracks ("Wade in the Water", "Wayfaring Stranger", "Songbird", "Time is a Healer" and "I Know You by Heart") are from Cassidy's album, Eva by Heart. Four tracks ("Fields Of Gold", "Autumn Leaves", "People Get Ready" and "Oh Had I a Golden Thread") are from her album, Live at Blues Alley. The remaining track, "Over the Rainbow", is from the album The Other Side. The compilation album was certified Gold by the CRIA (50,000 units) in 2003.[3] It was certified Gold by the RIAA in 2001 and Platinum in 2008 for shipments in excess of one million copies.[4]

Track listing[edit]

# Title Written by Length
1. "Fields of Gold" Sting 4:42
2. "Wade in the Water" Traditional 4:02
3. "Autumn Leaves" Joseph Kosma, Johnny Mercer, Jacques Prévert 4:41
4. "Wayfaring Stranger" Traditional 4:26
5. "Songbird" Christine McVie 3:43
6. "Time Is a Healer" Diane Scanlon, Greg Smith 4:16
7. "I Know You By Heart" Eve Nelson, Scanlon 3:59
8. "People Get Ready" Curtis Mayfield 3:16
9. "Oh, Had I a Golden Thread" Pete Seeger 4:49
10. "Over the Rainbow" Harold Arlen, E.Y. Harburg 4:57

The tracks from Live at Blues Alley sound like studio cuts because Cassidy's stage patter and the audience applause have been removed.

Personnel[edit]

  • Eva Cassidy – guitar, keyboards, vocals, producer, arranger
  • Chris Biondo – bass, rhythm guitar, producer, drum programming
  • Dan Cassidy* – violin
  • Hilton Felton – organ
  • John Gillespie – organ
  • Keith Grimes – lead electric guitar
  • Raice McLeod – drums
  • Larry Melton – upright bass
  • Mike Stein – violin
  • Chris Walker – trumpet
  • Lenny Williams – piano
  • Kent Wood – organ, producer

Charts[edit]

Country Peak[5][6][7]
position
United Kingdom 1
United States (Top Pop Catalog) 1
Ireland 1
Switzerland 2
Netherlands 52
Sweden 2
Norway 7
Denmark 9
Australia 42
New Zealand 25

References[edit]

  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ Rolling Stone review
  3. ^ "Gold & Platinum Certification – September 2003". Canadian Recording Industry Association. Archived from the original on 2010-07-29. Retrieved 2010-08-21. 
  4. ^ "Gold & Platinum Certification". RIAA. Archived from the original on 2013-02-25. Retrieved 2010-09-04. 
  5. ^ No. 1 albums The Official UK Charts Company
  6. ^ RIAA Gives Thanks For Strong Gold and Platinum Numbers In November Archived 2016-01-02 at the Wayback Machine. RIAA News Room. Retrieved on March 6, 2008.
  7. ^ Songbird swedishcharts.com